It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for

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By the time you read this, I will probably be glued to my TV screen, watching this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special - which, incidentally, will also be the last episode to feature Matt Smith.  As of next week, Geek's Dream Girl will have stopped producing new content, so I won't have written my thoughts on the new regeneration.  And honestly, I'm finding the timing kind of fitting. My first post for GDG went live on February 23, 2009.  To demonstrate just how long a time that's been, … [Read more...]

The Day of the Doctor: Looking Back, Moving On

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After literally years of waiting, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special has aired.  I feel a bit like the winter holidays have started early, actually.  Let's discuss a little of what went on and what we can expect for the future.  It might be obvious, but this will contain spoilers for those who haven't yet watched the episode. Truth and Lies We all knew the special would be a multi-doctor event in that it would contain both David Tennant and Matt Smith, but we weren't sure of anything … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Name of the (Next) Doctor

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Even if you didn't tune in on Sunday to watch the live special by the BBC, chances are you've already heard that actor who will be portraying the Twelfth Doctor has been named.  And the result is... A white male. Okay, that's not really the correct response (it's Peter Capaldi), but that's pretty much what you'll find if you looked at Twitter or Facebook around then.  A non-woman, a non-ginger, a non-anything-new-and-different.  And I'll admit it, there was a tiny part of me that was … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Changing of the Guard

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As you've likely heard by now, Matt Smith has announced his upcoming departure from Doctor Who.  He'll be on board for the 50th Anniversary Special, but he'll be regenerating soon after in the 2013 Christmas Special. The day the announcement was made, I had a surprisingly difficult time of it.  When I first started watching New Who in 2005 I was no stranger to the concept of regeneration or the various and sundry Doctors; thus, Christopher Eccleston's departure was bittersweet, but expected. … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor

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So, this series of Doctor Who I know I've been a bit harsh about Steven Moffat - well, as harsh as a self-proclaimed Moffat fangirl can get, anyway.  I've mentioned that his cleverness has turned into "cleverness," that there's been a lot of hype that inevitably disappoints, that there are so many threads that we're meant to just forget about.   Some of that is still true, and no writer (or showrunner) is without fault.  However, the season finale, "The Name of the Doctor," has reinstilled my … [Read more...]

Who History: Name Dropping

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As most everyone knows by now, the 50th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who will be later this year.  There will likely be some amount of celebration and fanfare as the November date draws nearer - but in the meantime, the current half-series of Doctor Who seems to be honoring the 50th in its own way.  In practically every episode, there's been some reference to the adventures of a previous Doctor. Now, some who are used to Moffat's timey-wimey ways wonder if these references Mean Something - … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Clara Who?

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The first episode of this half of the Doctor Who season has aired!  And, frankly, I wish I had a few more answers. Earlier in the year Moffat had claimed that the seventh season of Doctor Who would be more self-contained stories, as opposed to the convoluted arc of the previous season.  Amy and Rory Pond's last adventures were exactly that.  However, it seems that this half of the season has sent us off on the trail of another grand mystery, as we try to figure out just who - or what - the … [Read more...]

Who History: The Doctors Revisited

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In preparation for Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Celebration, I've been discussing various aspects of Classic and New Who.  However, if you subscribe to BBCAmerica, you can also catch Doctor Who Revisited, which combines a retrospective about one of the Doctors with a classic episode from the same.  They're airing one a month, in order, so this month features Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor.  And having seen the first two, all I can say is that I'm waiting for more.   In general I'd been rather … [Read more...]

Who History: The Eighth Doctor

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November 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who.  In the months leading up to the official anniversary, I'll be talking about various aspects of Who that I think (or hope) might be relevant to the Anniversary Special.  Even if it's ultimately just extra information, hopefully it will still add depth of knowledge and general appreciation to fifty years of sci-fi fun. This installment is all about the most controversial Doctor of the lot: the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann. … [Read more...]

Who History: The Anniversary Specials

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It’s 2013 and in the world of Doctor Who, that pretty much means one thing: the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  Yes, as of November the Whoniverse will have existed for fifty freaking years (by our reckoning, anyway).  This in itself is a pretty huge deal, but if you’re only a fan of New Who, you might not know what else that means: a probable Anniversary Special.  And the possibility - just a possibility - of a Multi-Doctor Special. See, there have been Anniversary Specials before.  For the … [Read more...]